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Tom UniackTom Uniack
Executive Director

Tom joined Washington Wild in 2003 after graduating from the Master’s program at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. For 13 years he served as Washington Wild’s Conservation Director and in early 2016 was named Executive Director. His leadership role within a core group of both local and regional Wilderness advocates has significantly advanced the protection and restoration of Washington’s wild land and waters. This notably includes successful passage of the Wild Sky Wilderness Act (2008) and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions Act (2014).

Tom’s role as Executive Director has been carefully structured to combine organizational and mission leadership. His ability and passion to lead both Washington Wild and the conservation community will ensure continued success in protecting wild lands and waters in the beautiful state of Washington, now and for future generations.

Prior to grad school, Tom was with Defenders of Wildlife for seven years in Washington, D.C. where he worked on a range of issues from Arctic wilderness to preserving Florida black bears. Tom and his wife, Stephanie, are the proud parents of son Luke, and twins Charlize and Sierra.

Susan Melrose
Deputy Director

Susan joined Washington Wild in July 2016, though this was actually a return to the organization since she served as a program manager from 2000 to 2002. Having focused her career in nonprofits, Susan has worked on a variety of issues including shoreline conservation, the Hanford Site, community building and of course, Wilderness protection. For the previous nine years, Susan served as the Executive Director of a small, community focused organization in her neighborhood of West Seattle.

Happy to combine her passion of environmental conservation with skills in nonprofit administration, Susan is well suited to serve as Washington Wild’s Deputy Director. Susan holds a degree in International Relations and Environmental Issues from California State University, Chico. She enjoys mountain biking, hiking and spending time exploring new places with her family.   

Hillary Sanders
Member and Engagement Manager

Hillary joined Washington Wild in April 2019. She grew up beachcombing the shores of Puget Sound, hiking through the Cascades, and exploring the wild areas of Washington State. The outdoor experiences she had throughout her childhood cultivated her passion and deep respect for natural spaces.

As the Member and Engagement Manager, her focus is to include everyone in the conservation of our wild lands and waters and to provide opportunities for volunteers, Washington Wild members, and the broader community to learn about our wild places. 

In her spare time, Hillary enjoys hiking, tending to her garden, and doodling in her sketchbook.  

Laura Buckmaster
Program Manager 

Laura joined Washington Wild in 2019. She grew up in Georgia where she enjoyed paddling through the winding rivers and swamps, but was always captivated by the Washington’s wild landscapes. She graduated from the University of Oregon, and went on to run the Georgia Conservancy’s Stewardship Trips Program- combining outdoor recreation and environmental education to cultivate conservation. 

As the Program Manager, she leads the Brewshed Alliance, a partnership between 62 breweries and Washington Wild which supports clean water initiatives. Laura also works with Tom on WA Wild’s conservation work, and is passionate about protecting and defending our public lands and waters. 

In her free time, Laura enjoys rock-climbing, fly-fishing, paddling, and taking her dog on hikes. 

Jordan French
Office Manager     

Jordan has joined the Washington Wild team in June 2017 while she was a graduate student at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. She received her MPA in 2018 and continues to wear many hats in her life.

At Washington Wild, she is at the helm of membership, the database, and our annual Wild Night Out. When not working on conservation, Jordan pursues her love of dance as the University of Washington’s Dance Coach.

Evan Lepine
Associate Director of Development     

Evan joined Washington Wild in July of 2019. He grew up in Northern Michigan exploring everywhere from Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior, to the sand dunes of Sleeping Bear National Park near his hometown of Traverse City. 

As the Associate Director of Development, his focus is to strategize, create, and implement a comprehensive fundraising program that will increase both engagement and financial support for the organization and its programs. Celebrating 11 years in Washington, Evan and his family enjoy paddle boarding on Lake Washington, snowboarding at Stevens Pass and peak bagging our PNW volcanoes.


Parker enjoys hiking, camping, and chasing his family on mountain bikes. He particularly likes the hike to Pete Lake in the Wenatchee National Forest on account of all the chipmunks.